Drawing Local Plants with Clive Powsey

Sept. 25 10am-2pm  Haig-Brown Property

Drawing can be an art form, it can be applied as design or illustration, or it can be a personal preoccupation. In this workshop we’ll review these notions of how drawing and painting is an opportunity to observe the world of forms with intense scrutiny and in the process realize something about them. We’ll apply these approaches to rendering local  plants and while doing so look and consider how to recognize these plants in the wild again. For those who don’t draw or paint we’ll take a schematic approach and for those who do draw and paint we’ll devote more time and effort to textures, lighting or mixing and applying colour. As well some people might like to consider overall shapes of trees and shrubs (a useful but not conclusive way to identify a species) and rendering bark. The workshop should provide time to practice drawing and painting plants and the instructor will provide introductory tips for creating both artful drawing and diagnostic schematics in the field, as well as personal one-on-one coaching and encouragement. If you paint or draw, bring your regularly used materials to this workshop. If you don’t, a basic list of sketching and painting materials can be provided.

Registration is through the Museum and is $20.  The event is from 10am – 2pm at the Haig-Brown property on Sept. 25th.

Here is a list of materials: (also do promote the You Tube video Clive made – link below…) 

  • Your regular drawing or watercolour painting materials and small sketchbooks.  OR
  • Buy a small 7×10 inch drawing or mixed media pad.  (The mixed media pad will work better with ink or with watercolour)
  • An eraser (a ‘kneaded’ eraser works well)
  • A graphite pencil or two. An HB and a 2B should be sufficient. A ballpoint pen might also be nice for making notes.
  • The Museum will supply chairs and tables.  If you have a personal chair please feel free to bring it along..
  • Clothes for changing weather, jacket, hat etc.  Keep an eye on the forecast.
  • Lunch, water and a thermos of tea or coffee. 
  • If you wish to paint, buy or bring two ‘round’ synthetic sable paintbrushes with one inch of brush beyond the ferrule.
  • You can pick up some cheap paint sets at the dollar store or visit an art supply store (if you decide you like watercolour you can buy quality paints later) or buy a small set of quality paints as cakes in a pan.

You don’t need to work large for this work so a minimum of materials is required.

If you would like to preview or review some of the contents of this course and the previous one here is a link to an introductory ‘slide show movie’ on YouTube. 

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